Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Elgar Room’ announces summer line-up
27 April, 2012
Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Elgar Room’ announces summer line-up
Diverse mix of entertainers to feature at iconic venue as the World comes to the capital
London, April 2012: The Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall announces a scintillating calendar of summer events as London prepares to welcome world-class athletes and sports spectators from around the world this Summer.
Now in its second season of 2012, the summer programme at the Elgar Room will offer a potent mix of comedy, late-night jazz, break-through bands, classical music and educational events as part of the Hall’s mission to improve access to the arts and sciences.
Lucy Noble, Head of Programming and Education at the Royal Albert Hall, comments “The vibrant atmosphere of the Elgar Room offers a contemporary performance space within the Hall where people can experience great entertainment throughout the summer, day and night”.
Built to promote the understanding and appreciation of the arts, the Royal Albert Hall is a charity that actively works as a promoter to support and contribute to the cultural life of the country.
On select Wednesday nights, comedy acts will hold court on the stage with performances from the likes of comedy trio Jigsaw who have enjoyed a meteoric year with their own brand of full-pelt sketch comedy.
Thursday nights will see some of the best in contemporary jazz showcased at late-night sessions, such as music from Emma Smith, the twenty-one year vocalist who has already made a huge impact on the British jazz scene with her smoky tone, technical agility and emotive power.
Classical Coffee Mornings offer the chance to listen to Sunday morning recitals as well as outstanding young talent from the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department on select Saturdays.
There will be educational events, including conversations with screen composers including BAFTA- and Oscar-winner Rachel Portman, which will be hosted by the Royal Albert Hall and BAFTA , and Family ignite featuring the Royal Albert Hall’s resident ensemble, Albert’s Band, for a sprint through an arena of sporting themes!
Throughout the summer the Elgar Room will also welcome performances from celebrated musicians such as James Rhodes, who became the first core classical pianist to be signed to the world's largest rock label Warner Bros Records, and acts like the Boom Boom Club whose alternative, cabaret style performers have gained individual renown on stages from the Edinburgh Fringe to Monte Carlo casinos.
Lucy Noble continues: “We are looking forward to hosting a great selection of diverse summer events in the Elgar Room as part of our drive to increase access to the arts for all . We want people to see the Royal Albert Hall as a ‘must visit’ destination while all eyes are on the UK”
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The Royal Albert Hall is the world’s most famous stage. Its breathtaking auditorium hosts over 370 shows a year by the world’s greatest artists. The magical atmosphere combined with inspired artists creates legendary events. Opened in 1871 as part of Prince Albert’s vision for a centre for the Arts and Sciences, and a registered charity operating without public funding, it remains true to his founding ambitions within a modern context. Extending the brand with over 120 events in the state-of-the-art Elgar Room, the Hall has broadened its appeal to younger, diverse audiences whilst still engaging its existing customers. It also works extensively with schools and young people through its Education programme, reaching over 30,000 participants each year.
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Elgar Room Events and Dates:
Classical Coffee Mornings
Sunday 6 May Broncano Mnich Duo Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Sunday 20 May Caterina Grewe Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Sunday 3 June Strauss Sextet & Perks Trio Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Sunday 10 June Sean Riley Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Sunday 1 July Daniel Finney Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Sunday 8 July Kumi Matsuo Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Junior Classical Coffee Mornings
Saturday 5 May Freya Goldmark, Itamar Rashkovsky & Andrew Samarasekara Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Saturday 2 June Hyun-Gi Lee, James Larter & Christina Burke Start 1100 / Finish 1200
Late Night Jazz
Thursday 24 May Patti Plinko Start 2145 / Finish 2315
Thursday 31 May Emma Smith Start 2145 / Finish 2315
Thursday 7 June Gyspy Fire Start 2145 / Finish 2315
Thursday 21 June Basin Street Brawlers Start 2145 / Finish 2315
Thursday 28 June Theo Jackson Trio Start 2145 / Finish 2315
Thursday 5 July Emilia Martensson & Barry Green featuring Sam Lasserson on Bass Start 2145 / Finish 2315
Wednesday 2 May Jigsaw and Daniel Simonsen Start 2030 / Finish 2215
Wednesday 23 May Totally Tom and Sean Mcloughlin Start 2030 / Finish 2215
Wednesday 6 June Sheeps and Hayley Ellis Start 2030 / Finish 2215
Wednesday 27 June Tom Deacon and James Acaster Start 2030 / Finish 2215
Wednesday 9 May BAFTA & RAH Conversations with Screen Composers: Rachel Portman Start 1930 / Finish 2100
Friday 29 June BAFTA & RAH Conversations with Screen Composers: James Hannigan Start 1930 / Finish 2100
Wednesday 11 July BAFTA & RAH Conversations with Screen Composers: Murray Gold Start 1930 / Finish 2100
One off Shows
Wednesday 16 May Conrad Tao Start 1930 / Finish 2100
Thursday 17 May James Rhodes Start 2000 / Finish 2130
Wednesday 6 June Family Ignite - Albert's Band On Your Marks Start 1200 / Finish 1300 | Start 1430 / Finish 1530
Tuesday 3 July Nathan Pacheco Start 1930 / Finish 2100
Saturday 7 July Boom Boom Club Start 2100 / Finish 2300
Tuesday 10 July London Conteporary Orchestra Start 20:00
Thursday 12 July Vintage Dance Society Start 1915 / Finish 2245